Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Curtis Cup Notes: Lees Are Teammates in Curtis Cup and at UCLA

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Curtis Cup Notes: Lees Are Teammates in Curtis Cup and at UCLA

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The top player on the women's golf team at UCLA in 2012-13 was named Lee. The top player at UCLA during the 2013-14 season also was named Lee. Nothing changed, and yet everything was different.

Erynne Lee, 21, just finished her junior year at UCLA . She is a 2012 and 2013 All-America and currently is ranked No. 38 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. She was the top player on the UCLA team until another Lee arrived.

Alison Lee, 19, reached the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur before starting her freshman year at UCLA. She won two college events and the Pac-12 women's golf championship this past season, and she is currently No. 2 in the WAGR. Now she is the top player on the UCLA team.

The two Lees are not related. Erynne is from Silverdale, Wash., and Alison hails from Valencia, Calif. Moreover, the Lees, who have helped Team USA race to a lead over the Great Britain and Ireland team in the Curtis Cup at St. Louis Country Club, are not rivals.

They're more like sisters.

"At school, we get made fun of a lot because we're both 'Lees' on the team," said Alison Lee, who had seven birdies while teaming with Kyung Kim for a morning four-ball win Saturday. "Everybody thinks we're sisters all the time, especially since we come from the same school and have the same last names.

"And Erynne is like my sister. She's always happy on the course, always smiling, she's never down."

Alison Lee has found college golf to be much different from her experiences in junior and high school golf. The adjustment has helped her feel right at home in a Curtis Cup environment, where she has seven sisters.

"Everyone's out there for themselves in junior golf," she said. "But in college, I've learned we're out there for the team and we always support each other. In my very first event, Erynne got first and I got second, and I was really happy for her.

"Unfortunately, at the Pac-12 tournament, she was leading going into the last day before I ended up winning the tournament, and she was happy for me, too. …

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